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Berkeley (/ˈbɜrkliː/ BURK-lee) is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. It is named after the Irish eighteenth-century bishop and philosopher George Berkeley. It borders the cities of Oakland andEmeryville to the south and the city of Albany and unincorporated community ofKensington to the north. Its eastern border with Contra Costa County generally follows the ridge of the Berkeley Hills. Its population at the 2010 census was 112,580.

Berkeley is the site of the oldest campus in the University of California system – theUniversity of California, Berkeley – of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratorywhich is managed and operated by the university, and the Graduate Theological Union. It is one of the most politically liberal cities in the United States.

The site of today’s City of Berkeley was the territory of the Chochenyo/Huchiun band of the Ohlone people when the first Europeans arrived.[11] Evidence of their existence in the area include pits in rock formations, which they used to grind acorns, and a shellmound, now mostly leveled and covered up, along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay at the mouth of Strawberry Creek. Other artifacts were discovered in the 1950s in the downtown area during remodeling of a commercial building, near the upper course of the creek.

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